Get ready for the biggest night of the year in Savannah! We've got a variety of options depending on what you're looking for, plus some ideas to kick off the new year right on Jan. 1. And find the perfect look for any event in our New Year's Eve style guide featuring Savannah boutiques and vintage shops.
Out of the ordinary
‘Wild Night on Ossabaw”: 1 p.m. Dec. 31-11 a.m. Jan. 1; Ossabaw Island, depart and return via Delegal Creek Marina, 1 Marina Drive, Skidaway Island; $250 for Club House, meals, transport; $175 for camping (bring tent), meals, transport; register at ossabawisland.net. Minors must be with an adult. Nature walk, history walking tour, s'mores and fire pit, “farm-to-table” dinner of smoked Ossabaw pork, champagne toast and breakfast feast.
Light Up Your New Year: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31; Dancing Dogs Yoga, 30 W. Broughton St.; $30 at wellnessliving.com. Yinmpowerment flow and intention setting ceremony. Burn away the bad and welcome the new year with clarity.
Date/BFF Night: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 31; Painting with a Twist, 107 Grand Central Blvd., Pooler; ages 18 and up; $35 at paintingwithatwist.com. Learn to paint a 16x20 “Mermaid Sunset.” BYOB for ages 21 and up.
Riverboat: 5-8 p.m. Dec. 31; Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St.; $77.95 adults, $49.95 children 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger; savannahriverboat.com. Dinner buffet and live entertainment.
Pacci: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 31; Pacci Italian Kitchen, 601 E. Bay St.; $60; RSVP at opentable.com. Tasting menu includes glass of sparkling wine or Champagne. Choice of appetizers, main courses and desserts.
Belford's: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 31; Belford’s Savannah Seafood and Steaks, 315 W. Saint Julian St.; see menu and RSVP at belfordssavannah.com.
Frali: 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31; Frali Gourmet, 217 W. Liberty St.; prices vary, RSVP by Dec. 30 (parties must be in multiples of 2) at 912-234-4644. Choose from two different four-course menus.
Jazz'd: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St.; 21 and up; $160 per couple at 912-236-7777. ‘80s-themed party includes tapas for two, champagne, party favors and table for the night.
Bring the family
Up the Cup: 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; River Street, Rousakis Plaza; free; riverstreetsavannah.com. “Up the Cup” celebration includes 3 p.m. cornhole tournament, 5 p.m. beer pong tournament, 6 p.m. live music by Squash, 8 p.m. live music by Emerald Empire Band, followed by fireworks and the raising of the giant to-go cup at midnight.
Non-audible fireworks: 8-9 p.m. Dec. 31; Coastal Cathedral Church of God, 275 Berwick Blvd.; free; RSVP at eventbrite.com. For families and individuals with special needs. Special show will feature non-audible fireworks.
City Market: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; Savannah City market, 219 W. Bryan St.; free; reservations suggested for restaurant dining. Live music by Bucky Bryant at 7 p.m. and High Velocity at 9 p.m.
Tybee fireworks: Midnight Dec. 31; Tybee Island; free; visittybee.com. Ring in 2019 with fireworks launched from Tybee’s Pier & Pavilion.
For the 21-and-up crowd
The Lost Square: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; The Lost Square at The Alida Hotel, 412 Williamson St.; free rooftop admission; VIP is $50 and features hors d’oeuvres, DJ music and champagne toast; tickets at 912-544-5475.
Elks party: 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.; $50 per couple members, $70 per couple guests; RSVP by Dec. 27 to 912-927-2183. Cash bar, dancing, breakfast buffet, live music with Christy Alan Band. Formal attire.
Savannah Spirits: 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31; Savannah Spirits Speakeasy Lounge, 116 Whitaker St.; 21 and up; savannahspirits.com. Live music by Kyle Yardley.
Congress Street Up: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; Congress Street Up Speakeasy, 220 Congress St.; free, 21 and up; americanprohibitionmuseum.com. Get dolled up for NYE at the Speakeasy with live music by Eric Britt.
Lasers Vs Longswords: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; The Chromatic Dragon, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd.; free, 21 and up; chromaticdragon.com. Live music, DJ, costume contest and a nerdy ball drop.
Saddle Bags: 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; Saddle Bags Savannah, 317 River St.; $15, 21 and up; saddlebagsbar.com. Music by Chris Bandi, free champagne toast.
Elan: 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; Elan Savannah, 301 Williamson St.; $15 (18 and up) at elansavannah.com. VIP seating available; balloon drop, giveaways.
Riverboat: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31; Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St.; $99.95, 21 and older; savannahriverboat.com. Hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, party favors, cash bar.
Wild Wing Pooler: 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31; Wild Wing Cafe, 417 Pooler Pkwy., Pooler; free, 21 and up; 912-208-3700. Live music by The Hypnotics, balloon drop, champagne toast.
Peregrin: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; Peregrin at Perry Lane Hotel, 256 E. Perry Lane; $175 VIP general admission (21 and up) at eventbrite.com. Music by Emerald Empire Band, hors d’oeuvres and beverages included.
The Westin: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; The Westin Savannah Harbor; $99, 21 and up; westinsavannah.com. Great Gatsby-theme with champagne toast and fireworks.
Island Sports Bar: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31; Islands Sports Bar & Grill, 348 Johnny Mercer Blvd.; 21 and up; 912-898-5624. Champagne toast, ball drop, fireworks and live music by Outlaw Gypsy.
Wild Wing Savannah: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31; Wild Wing Cafe, 27 Barnard St.; free, 21 and up; 912-790-9464. Glow party, champagne toast, balloon drop with prizes and music by DJ Bil-E.
Bayou Cafe: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; Bayou Cafe, 14 N. Abercorn Ramp; $15 buffet only, $20 bar stool, $40 table (per couple); 21 and up; RSVP to 912-233-6411. Includes reserved seat all night, Lowcountry buffet, champagne toast, party favors and music by Thomas Claxton and Jerry Zambito & The Bayou Blues Band.
Barrelhouse: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St.; free, 21 and up; facebook.com/barrelhousesouth. Live music by Groove Town Assault.
Molly's: 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, 311 W. Congress St.; free, 21 and up; 912-239-9600. Drink specials and live music by The Band AMAR.
B&D: 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 31; B&D Burgers, 209 W. Congress St.; free, 21 and up; bdburgers.net. DJ music, drink specials.
Start your year right
Tybee Polar Plunge: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 1; Tybee Pier & Pavilion; $25 adults, $15 children 12 and younger, includes long-sleeved T-shirt; tybeeposttheater.org. Gang of Goofs costume contest with cash prizes at 11 a.m., then a brisk plunge into the Atlantic Ocean at noon to raise funds for the historic Tybee Post Theater.
Sun salutations: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 1; Dancing Dogs Yoga, 30 W. Broughton St.; class passes, memberships or drop-in price apply; dancingdogsyogasavannah.com. New Year’s Mala with 108 sun salutations.
First Day Hike: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 1; Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road; $4.50-$10; 912-353-3023. Hike along the scenic marsh to Moon River, Batterly Wimberly and an Civil War earthen fort. Bring water, bug spray, appropriate shoes/clothing.
Oyster roast: 1-5 p.m. Jan. 1; Two Tides Brewing Co., 12 W. 41st St.; free; twotidesbrewing.com. Oyster roast, live music.
Yoga workshop: 6-8 p.m. Jan. 1; Revolution Savannah’s Yoga Studio, 204 W. Victory Drive; $20-$50 sliding scale; revolutionyogastudio.com. Reboot, refresh and restart with a breathing workshop with Maggie Hayes featuring sound, essential oils and touch (optional). If you choose, bring a journal.